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  • Ausir

    Weekly digest 42-2009

    October 19, 2009 by Ausir

    We have launched a new version of our article creation page, this time in a tabbed format. It lets you easily add new articles on various topics, as it preloads the necessary templates and categories for you to fill in.


    We have introduced a new infobox template - Template:Infobox person, to be added to articles about real-world people like developers or voice actors.


    After a lengthy discussion about the new policies, we are also introducing new format for items (particularly weapons and armor) that can be found in multiple games. Previously, the generic name, like Laser rifle, functioned as a disambiguation page, while the stats for the same item for each game, if a given item was the same in-universe, were listed on the same page (e.g. Wattz 2000 Laser Rifle, with stats for both FO1/2 and for FOT).

    In our new version, on the other hand, the generic title is an overview page, like at Laser pistol, and there are separate pages with game-specific info for each game an item of a given type …




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  • Ausir

    Van Buren assets exported

    October 19, 2009 by Ausir

    Senpay from Fallout Encyclopaedia managed to create a script that allows exporting 3D models from the Van Buren (original, canceled Fallout 3 by Black Isle Studios) tech demo into 3D Studio Max. Given the nature of the tech demo, some of them are just low-quality placeholders, but others can be quite useful for Fallout 2 modding (they're probably too low-res for Fallout 3). It's unclear how many exactly can be exported, but Vault-Tec Labs (our Fallout modding wiki) admin Dude101 estimates the number to be 500+. Some of them, like the creatures will probably soon end up at The Vault too. Here are some samples:


    You can find more of them at No Mutants Allowed.

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  • Ausir

    Weekly digest 41-2009

    October 12, 2009 by Ausir

    We have reached another milestone in terms of the number of articles in our wiki. The fact that we now have 7000 articles is not only interesting because it's a round number, but because our article count doubled within a year - in October 2008, shortly before the release of Fallout 3, it was only ca. 3500 articles.


    The Vault's policy and guidelines project has finally been finished, after two months of lengthy discussions and work, mostly by Porter21. Its goal was to create a comprehensive framework which codifies the substantial amount of unwritten rules at this wiki. This was done to reduce workload for the administrators and to help new and old editors with contributing to our wiki. The starting page for our new policies and guidelines is The Vault:Policies and guidelines.

    This is the list of all the new policy pages:


    Policy/guideline What it concerns
    Administration policy Administrator actions in general; blocking, deletion and page protection
    Article layout guideline What to put wh…



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  • Ausir

    Weekly digest 40-2009

    October 5, 2009 by Ausir

    The weekly digest is a weekly summary of The Vault's internal news with the purpose to help editors keep up with what's going on at the wiki. It is the place to mention all the small things and improvements which do not justify an own news item and will be posted weekly on the main page.


    A Fallout Humor Wiki has been started by the user The Lone Grunt. If you feel like contributing to a general parody wiki about the Fallout series, you can do so there.


    There have been some changes to Wikia's . First of all, blog comments can now be edited by the commenters themselves, wiki administrators and Wikia staff. If a given comment has been edited, a link to its edit history is visible, so even if you change it, the original comment is still preserved. The comments are now also grouped in the Recent changes, which means that they don't clutter the page that much. However, currently the title of the blog post that is commented on is not displayed in RC, unless you hover your mouse cursor over the t…



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  • Porter21

    Weekly digest 39/2009

    September 28, 2009 by Porter21

    The weekly digest is a weekly summary of The Vault's internal news with the purpose to help editors keep up with what's going on at the wiki. It is the place to mention all the small things and improvements which do not justify an own news item and will be posted weekly on the main page.

    Since this is the first issue, this digest will feature some news which are older than a week.


    The first project has been completed. Congratulations to the team of the MSG Wikification Drive who managed to wikify 1,111 dialogue files in a bit more than a month, a task which had been pending for a long time.


    A new member has joined our administration team. Itachou has been working hard on the articles for the often neglected Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel as well as other Fallout classics and as a result the community decided to grant his request for adminship.


    A Georgian language version is the latest addition to the Vault family, created by the user Vaxoiva‎. If you speak Georgian and want to help create a co…




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  • Ausir

    My Home -- new feature launched

    September 23, 2009 by Ausir

    As some of you have probably noticed, a new feature called My Home has launched across all Wikia wikis, and now all registered users are redirected from http://fallout.wikia.com to Special:MyHome instead of the Main Page. Here's a quote from Wikia Staff Blog:

    My Home includes a lot of new elements:
    • Activity feed is a friendly version of Recent changes that shows the latest activity on the wiki. The Activity feed adds some new information that you can't get on Recent changes, including thumbnails for new pictures and videos added to a page. You can also see your Watchlist using the new Activity feed layout.
    • Hot Spots is a new way to see what's happening on the wiki, showing the articles that have been edited by the most people in the last few days.
    • Community Corner is a spot for wiki admins to highlight things that are important to the community. Admins can use that space to organize a project, show off new pages that everyone should see, highlight a discussion that's happening on the wiki, …
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  • Ausir

    Harrison Krix, the guy behind an impressive Big Daddy costume that got him some press, has now created a replica of the Fallout 3 AER9 laser rifle. You can see more pictures from the process of making the prop on his blog.

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  • Ausir

    Introducing Vault projects

    August 14, 2009 by Ausir

    We have recently introduced specialized Projects at The Vault. Projects are joint efforts of editors who work together to improve a set of articles that cover a certain area of interest.

    Projects have several benefits:

    • Improved consistency and quality across articles of a certain subject.
    • Tackle tasks which are simply too extensive to be done by a single person.
    • New users have an easy to find a starting point for getting involved in an area they find interesting or have expertise. Projects also allow new users to work alongside more experienced ones and thereby gain editing experience and security.

    Projects are not intended to give a group of editors certain authority over a set of articles. Instead, they are a collaboration tool used to draw people together.

    Our first projects are:

    • Fallout 3 locations project
    • MSG Wikification Drive
    • Fallout 1 and 2 characters project
    • Fallout 3 NPC overhaul project

    You can learn more about them, including how to start your own project, at The Vault:Projects.

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  • Ausir

    We have recently introduced several pages (designed by the invaluable Porter21) that will make it easier to create new, good quality articles, for users who are not that familiar with the wiki syntax, but will also speed up the process for everyone else. Simply type the article name in the appropriate box and click the "Create" button! Links to the article creation pages can be found in your sidebar on the left side of the screen (just below the Vault logo).

    The pages are:

    • The Vault:Create Fallout article - for Fallout articles
    • The Vault:Create Fallout 2 article - for Fallout 2 articles
    • The Vault:Create Fallout 3 article - for Fallout 3 articles
    • The Vault:Create Fallout Tactics article - for Fallout Tactics articles
    • The Vault:Create Fallout: New Vegas article - for Fallout: New Vegas articles

    This feature was initially introduced just before the Mothership Zeta article influx and turned out to be quite handy - most of the new articles were created this way, which meant that they needed less cleanup lat…

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  • Lleowen

    A shepherd Kirkburn is patiently tending his flock on a calm sunny afternoon… yet something is different about today. He feels a tremble and his knees go weak. In the distance volcanoes burst violently, the ground shakes and massive tidal waves threaten to destroy the once peaceful town of WoWWiki. For hours the heat is unbearable and ash covers the sun. When the dust clears, the pillars of WoW have cracked and crumbled; the villagers now look to a new god to worship in the gaming pantheon.

    For the first time in years, WoWWiki was not our number one wiki…with the release of Mothership Zeta (a downloadable content pack for Fallout 3), The Vault reached number one across Wikia. Overnight, traffic grew nearly 100% to a record 2.9M page views and edits have shot up as gamers document every detail for the expansion pack.

    So, Mr. Fallout – Congratulations and enjoy it while it lasts, Blizzcon is coming shortly and WoWWiki will likely push you back down to #2 :).

    Now if only WoW and Fallout had a re…

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